New board committee takes charge at State-Level Association of the Deaf in Maharashtra

Elections to the board committee for the State-Level Association of the Deaf in Maharashtra were held recently. The new board will be in charge until 2023.

Manoj Patwari from Jalna is the president, while Aniket Selgaonkar from Parbhani is the vice-president. The secretary, Pradeep More, is from Mumbai.

There are 14 key demands that the new committee plans to take up with the government. These are mainly related to education and the job needs of people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Like the launch of special training institutes with sign language teachers.

One of the main achievements of the outgoing committee was to make mandatory the Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry (BERA) test all across Maharashtra. This is the test that helps identify people who are genuinely deaf and hard of hearing. The demand for this came up after it was found that many people were making false claims of being deaf to claim disability benefits.

Besides this, two members of the committee, Manoj Patwari and Aniket Selgaonkar, were also appointed to the government coordination committee of the Maharashtra government.

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